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Quick thinking saved astronaut's life when space suit leaked

Parmitano recalls water soaking face during space walk

09 December, 12:44
Quick thinking saved astronaut's life when space suit leaked (ANSA) - Rome, December 9 - Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano's quick thinking saved his life when his space suit developed a leak during a space walk, according to NASA engineers. "The way you reacted saved your life," Parmitano said Monday quoting the head of a team investigating what went wrong.

The 37-year-old, who completed a five-and-a-half-month stint on the International Space Station (ISS) in November, became the first Italian to walk in space, and the youngest astronaut in history to perform a long-term mission.

The second of two walks was interrupted in July when water leaked through the suit and into the helmet, soaking his eyes, nose and mouth. "It really shocked me," said Parmitano. "When an accident occurs in orbit, doubt always remains, and you ask yourself if you shouldn't have reacted differently. "Now we're trying to figure out the cause of the defect" In the meantime, engineers have made a small modification that should prevent the problem from happening again, he said.